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The New York Jets are undergoing a transformation into an alternate version of the Green Bay Packers. Recently, it was reported that the Jets are close to signing veteran wide receiver and former Packer, Randall Cobb, to a one-year deal, according to ESPN.
This deal reunites Randall Cobb with his former Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers (who the Jets recently acquired in a draft day trade with the Packers). Cobb is a trusted option for Rodgers, as he has been throughout his career. Given his free-agent status this offseason, it is no surprise to see these two come together again in New York.
A reunion: Former Packers’ WR Randall Cobb is expected to agree to a one-year deal with the New York Jets, allowing him to play with Aaron Rodgers in NY, per sources. The two men who walked off the field together in Green Bay now get to do more work to do together. pic.twitter.com/WoBpBbDweK— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 3, 2023
Randall Cobb has played 12 seasons in the NFL and nine of those seasons he was catching passes thrown by Rodgers. He was drafted by the Packers in the second round out of Kentucky in 2011. After eight years in Green Bay, Cobb moved on to the Cowboys in free agency in 2019, then signed with the Texans in 2020, before being reacquired by the Packers in 2021 at the request of Rodgers.
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At 32 years old, Cobb isn’t the 60-plus catch receiver he was during his first tenure with the Packers, but he is still a trusted option for Rodgers in the passing game. He now joins a Jets wide receiver room that has undergone quite a bit of turnover this offseason. In addition to bringing in Randall Cobb, the Jets also signed fellow former Packer, Allen Lazard, and former Chiefs speedster Mecole Hardman. This trio is now paired with the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Garrett Wilson.
One of the more interesting side stories to watch stemming from Cobb’s signing could be the status of veteran receiver Corey Davis. Davis is due $10.5 million in base salary, but none of it is guaranteed. With four other receivers looked at as roster locks, Davis may be the odd man out as a cap casualty if he doesn’t renegotiate.